Does long-standing sibling rivalry really have an impact on a marriage?

So where does sibling rivalry start in the first place? According to academic professionals at the University of Michigan Health System, the most fundamental effect and characteristic of sibling rivalry is jealousy. Constant arguments between siblings create a strong feeling of tension in the household that’s felt by everyone.

It’s also been suggested that rivalry between siblings has negative effects on the marriage of the parents, as the problems experienced between the siblings begin to make the parents more likely to disagree about who is right and who is wrong in different situations. So what is the best way to ease the tension and quell the rivalries?

Today’s guest is Dr. Kristen Wynns, a child psychologist and parenting, testing and custody specialist and the owner of Wynns Family Psychology. With extensive experience in child and parenting issues, Kristen has seen her fair share of family tension derived from sibling rivalry. According to her, spouses can reduce the negative effects of the rivalry by communicating with each other and presenting a unified front to the children.

The Wynns Family Psychology ‘Sibling Strife’ workshop will be held September 23, 2013 from 5:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

To find out more about Kristen and her practice, visit their website or call (919) 467-7777 to schedule an appointment.

Pets can be a source of joy, or a nightmare. Which kind of pet should you get, if any? How many is too many? Whose responsibility is it to take care of them?

The issues of pets are fairly easy to work out on your own, but when you and your spouse disagree about how many pets to have or what kind of pets to have or who will take care of them, then you might run into a whole lot of trouble. Should you be responsible for cleaning up after the dog your wife had from before you were married? Are your husband’s three cats driving you insane?

Today’s guest is Dr. Susan Orenstein, and she’s joining us to discuss how couples can come to an agreement on how to manage the pets they already have, and how to compromise on any desire for new furry friends. Susan says you can learn a lot about your partner by how he or she is with your pets or pets in general. For instance, if your partner is allergic to cats, the issue is about the cat. If your partner doesn’t think it’s important to make sure the dog gets a walk, you’re learning how he or she values animals; and if your partner is immune to your pet’s crying/pain, this could tell you how compassionate he or she is in general.

Susan is the Director of Orenstein Solutions in Cary, NC. Susan specializes in adult relationship issues and has worked extensively in treating couples and individuals

To find out more about Susan and her practice, visit their website or call (919) 428-2766 to schedule an appointment.

Do you have what it takes to be an involved father figure? Only in the most recent decades has the idea of the typical family structure shifted. Where it used to be that women would stay home and raise the children, we now see mother’s going back to work. With the roles and responsibilities of every family changing, the parents must change with it. Father’s are stepping up to the plate and taking a more involved role in their children’s life. From preparing meals and helping with chores to taking the children out for an afternoon, fathers are getting more involved in their children’s lives. The question is, do you have what it takes?

Tony Delmedico is a licensed marriage and family therapist with a private practice in  Raleigh, North Carolina. Tony works with individuals, couples, children and families to alleviate psychological suffering and improve relationships. Tony is currently working on a manuscript entitled “The Journey Toward Deep Fatherhood”. It’s easy to see that Tony’s passion in life is being a father. Tony has been a traditional, stay-at-home, single, and blended family dad for the last 15 years. He really has seen and done it all. To find out more about Tony Delmedico you can visit his website or call 919-623-8118 for an appointment. To hear more about Tony’s thoughts on fathers you can visit his online blog.